Chemotherapy toxicity

Chemotherapy toxicity - #37

Take Quiz

Review toxic affects of chemo therapy on geriatric patients.

A geriatric patient with cancer, in the outpatient or inpatient clinical setting.

Determine potential chemotherapy toxicities to elderly patients undergoing treatment for cancer.

• List 3 crucial questions to ask when assessing an elderly patients appropriateness for chemotherapy treatment.
• Identify potential toxicities associated with common chemotherapy agents.


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This GFF ___ my competence in geriatrics.

Thomas Giever DO, Kathryn Denson MD, Nicholas Dreger, Patrick Foy MD, Gabriel Manzi MD

Medical College of Wisconsin